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May 18, 2013

Early day circus set as lecture discussion

ENID, Okla. — Circuses were a big part of Cherokee Strip history.

At noon Wednesday in the latest Brown Bag Lunch & Learn lecture, Dovie Kaupke, of Drummond Historical Society, will share the story of the Campbell Brothers Circus, active from 1889 to 1920, which was at one time the second-largest circus in the world. From 1912 to 1920, Campbell Brothers Circus wintered at Drummond.

Those attending the free lecture at Humphrey Heritage Village Church are asked to bring their lunch.

A temporary exhibit on the circus, “Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890-1965,” will come soon to Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

The Heritage Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For information on programs, contact the Heritage Center at (580) 237-1907 or go to

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is located at 507 S. 4th.

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